Perspectives of the Future of Education: Ed Leaders Weigh-In, Part 4


This blog is one in a series from higher education thought leaders. Dr. Adam Marks of Zayed University in the UAE offers insights on the future of education, and how technology plays a role in learner success.

How will teaching and learning practices over the next 10 years have to evolve to serve the learners of the future?

In my view, we will witness a move toward independent learning, more emphasis on skills and competencies, more infusion of IT skills across different disciplines, and more selection and choice of curriculum plans. Universities more and more will be run like an enterprise than a traditional higher education institution.

What role will technology like analytics and data play in improving outcomes for learners in the next decade?

Because of how higher education will be run, there will be a critical need for relevant and timely information to support decision making. The decision-making will not only be concerned with curriculum matters, but also utilization of faculty, cost, revenue, paths to graduation, and other critical matters that will affect the institution’s profit and loss. The new analytics will need not only to provide historical and present information, but also forecast in the future.

How will the college/university of 2030 be different than today?

I think we are going to see more pooling – pooling of resources, faculty, and courses. There will also be an open buffet selection for learning. Universities will co-share degree programs and courses, and students will be able to take different courses across different universities for credit. Assessment, program reviews, and accreditation reviews will become second nature and quality assurance will be embedded within major processes in institutions.

What role will technology partners play in helping shape the future of how education is delivered?

Technology partners will play an important role in shaping the tools that adapt to the new practices and needs of teaching and learning. İntegration of key systems, business intelligence, and instant information will continue to be key requirements. Ease of use, seamlessness, and intuition will give leverage to companies over others in the competitive market.

Dr. Adam Marks is an accomplished academic leader with expertise in developing and implementing strategic plans for higher education institutions, with an emphasis on growth, academic integrity, and efficiency. Dr. Marks has a proven record of accomplishment in fostering sustainable growth, managing accreditation processes, and managing more than 10,000 students, faculty, and staff. Global-minded educator with experience in the U.S. Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Dr. Marks has research interests and expertise in higher education administration, the use of academic technology to support decision-making, enterprise systems, learning analytics, and risk assessment. He is a collaborative leader with expertise in implementing technological solutions and managing curriculum development for traditional, hybrid, and fully online educational models.

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